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November 17, 2013

Sooners cruise to double victory on the mat

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NORMAN —

Heavyweight Ross Larson added a fall against Hofstra, and while the fate of the dual was long since decided when he wrestled the final match against Bucknell, his heavyweight bout with Joe Stolfi of the Bison might have been the night’s best.

Both entered ranked - Stolfi at No. 13 and Larson at No. 16 - and they put on a good battle, particularly during a wild exchange in the closing seconds of the end of the first period that Larson had mostly dominated.

The Sooner redshirt freshman finished that period up 4-2, led 4-3 after two and extended to an 8-3 edge with a reversal and takedown in the third. But he had to hang on after Stolfi’s late reversal in the final period to move to 6-1 and in the process score his second win of the year against a ranked wrestler.

It’s a good chance for the newcomer to move further up the rankings in his first action after a redshirt year that now is showing benefits.

“It was great to sit out last year, to be able to put on that weight,” said Larson, who wrestled at 195 his senior year in Ankeny, Iowa, but now is wrestling at about 225 as a heavyweight for OU. “And to have All-Americans like Kendric Maple, Andrew Howe in the room, it just lifts everyone’s level.”

The Sooners are off until the end of the month, when they’ll face a busy weekend at the Oklahoma Open Nov. 29-30 in Tulsa and the first edition of Bedlam for this season at Dec. 1 in Norman.

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